Updated: 08/04/2013 10:46 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
Sen. Julianne Ortman
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Republican Senator Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen announced she would be running as a candidate for U.S. Senate against DFL Sen. Al Franken.
She made the announcement and kicked off her campaign in Waconia at City Square Park Saturday morning.
In a fundraising pitch, Ortman says she has a record in the Senate of "standing with the people and against big government." In addition to serving in the Senate, Ortman has worked as administrative manager in the office of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.
Mike McFadden, a businessman and political unknown; and Jim Abeler, an eight-term state representative who has never run for higher office, are other challengers in the race.
McFadden released the following statement in response to state Sen. Julianne Ortman’s campaign announcement:
"Julianne is a good Minnesota Republican and a worthy opponent. I welcome her to the race. Together, we have to do all we can to beat Al Franken. Avoiding public embarrassment is a nice accomplishment, but it hasn't created one job, reduced the debt one dime, or improved a single child's education. It's time for that to change."
Franken is seeking a second term.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.